How does the human penis measure up to the rest of the animal kingdom? What can the shape of the penis tell us about human mating? And what is up with society's obsession with the penis?
Today's guest is
Emily Willingham, science journalist and author of the book "Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis."
Citations and further reading:
Despicable, Yes, But Not Inexplicable by Craig Stanford, American Scientist (review of "Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females," edited by Martin N. Muller and Richard W. Wrangham) Penis Spines, Pearly Papules, and Pope Benedict's Balls by Eric Michael Johnson, Scientific American How penis bones help primates win the mating game – and why humans might have lost theirs by Matilda Brindle, The Conversation The baculum (PDF) by Paula Stockey, Current Biology Study: Men Don't Last Very Long in Bed—and It Bothers Them More Than Women by Alice Robb, The New Republic Actual and desired duration of foreplay and intercourse: discordance and misperceptions within heterosexual couples by S. Andrea Miller and E. Sandra Byers, The Journal of Sex Research Freud's Psychosexual Stages of Development by Saul McLeod, Simply Psychology
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